ATC grants 7-day physical remand to Imran Farooq murder suspects


ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad Monday awarded seven-day physical remand to three accused, Syed Mohsin Ali, Moazzam Ali Khan and Khalid Shamim after the initial hearing of Imran Farooq murder case.
Imran Farooq, former MQM leader, was stabbed and bludgeoned to death near his apartment in Green Lane, Edgware, in September 2010.
They were presented before the ATC in tight security arrangements.
During the hearing Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) requested a ten-day remand saying that investigation officer has to interview the culprits in the light of JIT report. At which the judge approved seven-day physical remand.
The three prime suspects, who were in unofficial custody of Pakistani security agencies for over an year, were previously on Sunday produced in court of duty judge where FIA was granted one-day physical remand.
The judge had ordered FIA to present all three people in custody before an anti-terrorism court on Monday. The case has been registered under anti-terrorism act and hence it must be pursued in ATC, the judge ruled.
Earlier on Saturday, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) registered a case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and six others for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to murder senior party leader Dr Imran Farooq in London, after five years of the murder.
The Scotland Yard investigations says that the two of the nominated suspects — Syed Mohsin Ali and Kashif Khan Kamran — are said to have acquired British visa on the basis of their admission to the London Academy of Management Sciences in East London.
Mohsin went to the UK in February, 2010, and lived in a number of places in London. Kashif reached there in early September, 2010.
According to information shared by the UK, phone records showed that they usually moved together and were allegedly in contact with a close relative of MQM chief Altaf Hussain.
They left the UK on Sept 16, 2010, hours after the murder, for Sri Lanka before travelling to Karachi on Sept 19.
Mohsin Ali was arrested along with another accused, Khalid Shamim, in July, 2015, by the Frontier Corps in Balochistan.
Moazzam Ali Khan was arrested by law-enforcement agencies in Karachi this year. He was accused of arranging tickets, visa and finances for the UK visit of Mohsin and Kashif.